Getting your flooring right isn't a walk in the park. And if you’re like most people, replacing or updating your floors is something you only do every 8-10 years. So in our book, when you do it, you might as well do it right!
But because people don’t wake up thinking about flooring like we do (we know, shocking right!?), we see people making the same kinds of mistakes over and over. So to save you some heartache (and money rectifying problems down the road!), here are six things you never want to do flooring-wise:
1. Don’t Skimp on Quality
When it comes to flooring, you get what you pay for. Skimping on quality to get by in the immediate is going to hurt you in the long run. There’s usually a reason that some products are cheaper products. They may be thinner than other options, have greater color variation or knots, or they may have a lower grade finish that scratches more easily. Often it’s down to a few hundred dollars more, and you’ll get flooring that’ll last longer.
2. Don’t Buy the Lowest Grade Padding
It’s what lies beneath (the quality of your padding) that makes floors last longer, and it’s the secret to carpet durability, performance, and longevity. So the lower the grade of padding, the quicker your floor will wear out. We would even go so far as to say that it's better to have a medium grade carpet, with a higher grade padding - after all, it’s the part that absorbs all the impact of foot traffic.
3. Don’t Miss Out on Taking Advantage of Expertise
Flooring is all we do - it’s our expertise, and we are here to help no matter how big or small the job you have in mind. One of the things we highly recommend you take advantage of is measurement. It’s the key to ensuring that you get it right the first time because we’ve had clients before who measure too short and it creates quite a headache. We measure for free because we don’t want you to find yourself at that bottom stair with not quite enough carpet!
4. Don’t Pick Boring Flooring
Not all flooring has to be straight and boring. There’s way more flooring out there right now that we didn’t use to have. Don't be afraid to consider flooring options outside of what you’re used to. Our team’s 50 years experience can help you work out the right type of flooring for each occasion.
We recommend embracing all options, whether hardwood, laminate, vinyl, carpet, tiles, or even waterproof flooring because this means you can get something both fit for purpose, as well as being easy on the eye and that might even have a cutting-edge look and feel.
5. Don’t DIY Instead of Paying for Installation
It’s understandable you might want to save on installation costs, and so you might opt to do it yourself with your new carpet, laminate or even tile. DIY jobs are great, but when it’s not your expertise, it can end up hurting the resale of your home drastically. Quality workmanship is worth paying for, and it will be evident in the final product for years to come.
6. Don’t Install the Wrong Type of Flooring
With the number of flooring surfaces available now it’s understandably overwhelming to know which is the perfect option for your space. Our team has 50 years’ experience, and we know how to get something that feels fresh into your space and meets the day-to-day needs of your home. Make sure you speak with someone who is a flooring specialist (not a flooring salesperson) who is happy to take the time to walk you through the options.
Flooring is a large investment, and when done right, it can add warmth, style, and value to your home. When it’s done wrong, on the other hand, it can be disappointing, frustrating, and occasionally needs to be redone completely!
It’s crucial to remember that seeking thoughtful advice and paying for quality workmanship and materials is not a waste-it's an investment.
We hope these “don’ts” have helped you avoid making common mistakes, experiencing unnecessary heartache, save you money, add value to your home, and create spaces that you and your family can enjoy with pride for years to come.